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2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Is The Company’s Most Track-Ready Car

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Is The Company’s Most Track Ready Car

Mercedes has introduced the fastest AMG GT R of them all: the GT R PRO.

We’ve been suitably impressed with Mercedes’ ability to create a fast car when they really want to, with the GT R hitting well above what its power numbers would indicate. Now, the German luxury carmaker is back with a new version of the GT R made specifically to dominate the track using technologies pioneered in their GT3 and GT4 racing divisions.

It’s called the GT R PRO, and we’ll get the disappointing news out of the way first: it has the exact same power figures as the regular GT R. That means the 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 still produces 585 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, zero to sixty is still done in 3.6 seconds, and top speed is still around 198 mph.

What the GT R PRO does have over the GT R is a brand new adjustable suspension, more downforce from aerodynamic tweaks, and anew track package that will only be available in Europe.

The GT R PRO’s new suspension comes directly from their GT3 and GT4 racers. New adjustable coilovers allow the driver to tune-in their car for the specific track they’re racing on, while a new adjustable carbon fiber front torsion bar does the same.

2020 Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro Is The Company’s Most Track Ready Car
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More downforce is supplied through the use of a larger front splitter, added fins over the body, and a rear wing gurney lip. The GT R PRO also gets new lightweight alloy wheels so it spends less time pushing rubber in circles and more time pushing the car forward.

On the inside, the GT R PRO gets an all-new interior including a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment on the center console. The instrument cluster can come in “Classic”, “Sporty” or “ Supersport” display modes, with Supersport taking a shift prompt from GT3/4 race versions for the car.

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Mercedes has made their drive select mode a little more complicated through the use of a nested AMG DYNAMIC SELECT program. First, you select either "Basic", "Advanced", "Pro" or "Master", and then you select the terrain in Basic to be either “Slippery” or “Comfort”. It’s a little weird, and we’ll have to see it in action before we can say much more about it.

For Europe only, the GT R PRO gets a track package with a roll cage, 4-point safety harness, carbon fiber bucket seats, and a fire extinguisher. This track pack helped push the GT R PRO to a time of exactly 7.04.632 minutes around the Nurburgring, which is almost 6 seconds faster than the 2017 GT R.

Expect to see the GT R PRO in dealer rooms sometime next year.

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Ford has unveiled the new 2020 Mustang High Performance Package to get the most out of your turbocharged 4-cylinder Mustang. Generally speaking, most people would prefer the higher trims on the Ford Mustang that come with a big, burbling V8 engine. That’s GT for those that want to remain naturally aspirated, and if superchargers are your thing, then the GT500 will come out later this year and should scratch that itch just fine. Or you can go to Ohio and get a Mustang with nitrous and a warranty. That’s pretty cool too. A 4-cylinder Mustang? Heavens forbid. No amount of turbocharging is going to make that cool. But what if we swapped the 2.3-L turbo 4-cylinder in the Mustang with the 2.3-L turbo 4-cylinder in the Ford Focus RS? You know, the car that they never bothered selling in America. That’d be cool, right? Well, anyway, that’s precisely what Ford has done with the 2020 Ford Mustang High Performance Package. What started out as a Focus RS engine swap project has now become the most powerful 4-cylinder Mustang ever made, which isn’t a high bar considering this is still the first generation ever to use a 4-cylinder engine. By using a "5 percent larger 63-millimeter twin-scroll turbo compressor and a larger radiator,” Ford was able to boost the EcoBoost Mustang’s power from 310 horses to 330. Torque remains the same at 350 lb-ft. The Focus RS made 350 hp, so we’re not sure what happened to those extra 20 ponies if this is supposed to an engine swap. This power boost should still put the High Performance Package’s 0-60 time squarely in the mid-4-second range while also getting its top speed to hit the 155 mph limiter. Power goes through the same 10-speed automatic or 6-speed manual as before. In addition to the boosted turbos, the High Performance Package also brings the brakes of the GT and the performance upgrades of the GT Performance Package down to the EcoBoost’s level. This means 4-piston calipers and 13.9-inch front brake rotors from the base GT, as well as sway bars, brake cooling ramps, a front splitter, MagneRide dampers, and a TORSEN limited-slip differential from the GT Performance Package. Top everything off with wider 19x9.5-inch aluminum wheels and Pirelli P Zero Corsa4 summer tires, and you got yourself a performance 4-cylinder Mustang. Pricing was not announced, but don’t expect it to be cheap. The Ford EcoBoost Mustang High Performance Package arrives sometime this fall.
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